Mars Wrigley has filed a lawsuit against a manufacturer of THC-infused sweets over alleged patent infringement on the Skittles and Starburst brands.
“The lawsuit is intended to stop the illegal and dangerous misuse of its world-famous trademarks in the marketing and sale of THC-infused edibles, which resemble Mars Wrigley’s genuine products such as Skittles and Starburst,” Mars Wrigley said in a statement. “Mars Wrigley does not manufacture or sell any products containing THC.”
The Skittles owner, Mars Inc.’s Wrigley unit, filed complaints Monday against Terphogz, which makes THC-infused candy Zkittlez, in U.S. federal courts Illinois and California, along with a complaint in Canada, to halt the company’s sales of goods and merchandise over trademark infringement, CNBC reported.
“At Mars Wrigley we take great pride in making fun treats that parents can trust giving to their children and children can enjoy safely,” a Mars company spokesperson told CNBC in an emailed message. “We are deeply disturbed to see our trademarked brands being used illegally to sell THC-infused products, and even more so to hear of children ingesting these products and becoming ill.”
In the legal filing received by CNBC, Mars Wrigley demanded damages from Terphogz, as well as damages from Zkittlez resellers and a permanent order to ban the selling of the product, alleging the red packaging and related product names as signs of infringement.